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By the Sword (1991)

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A mysterious man, Suba, gets himself a job at a fencing academy, and as he learns the way of the students, the school, and its maestro, they learn that there's more to him than meets the ... See full summary »

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Jeremy Kagan (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
F. Murray Abraham ... Maximilian 'Max' Suba
Eric Roberts ... Alexander Villard
Mia Sara ... Erin Clavelli
Christopher Rydell ... Jim Trebor
Elaine Kagan ... Rachel
Brett Cullen ... Danny Gallagher
Doug Wert ... Hobbs
Sherry Hursey ... Tanos
Stoney Jackson ... Johnson
Caroline Barclay ... Tatiana
Peter Cohl Peter Cohl ... Calder
Stephen Polk ... Williams
Ennalls Berl Ennalls Berl ... Dana
Dharvi Darrell Dharvi Darrell ... Landlady
Eve Kagan Eve Kagan ... Daughter
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A mysterious man, Suba, gets himself a job at a fencing academy, and as he learns the way of the students, the school, and its maestro, they learn that there's more to him than meets the eye. He gains (or regains?) his fencing skills and his philosophy of teaching clashes with the maestro's. As they are thrown into conflict, Suba and the maestro's past appear to be linked. And the resolution of their mysterious relationship may be a duel to the death. Written by Kathy Li

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They come from everywhere to challenge their fate...

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Adventure | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Espada da Justiça See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alexander Villard: There is no good. There is only best.
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I absolutely *have* to disagree.
5 August 2002 | by dguertin-1See all my reviews

I too Fence, and I teach Historical rapier fighting as well. No, the film was not representative of Olympic sport-fencing, now or then, but it was never promoted as, or intended to be a "How to Fence" movie. If that's what you're looking for, go read DiGrassi. The film itself is a great story, it moves quickly, and has plenty of little quirks to make you say "Oh..." It was never 'predictable,' and the plot developed at a satisfying pace. Go to Blockbuster, rent it, decide for yourself. Then, go check eBay... =-)


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